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The Church and Humanism
Many of the troubles afflicting us today stem from persistent efforts to change the English language. This has gone farther than the attempt to eliminate distinctions of gender: it has altered our dictionaries and definitions of words, much as the French Revolutionaries sought to change that language in the 1790s.
This would not have surprised George Orwell, who warned of such an effort in his book, 1984. We are, today, past 1984 in every sense. New Speak is here. Old Speak is discouraged and those who use it are alternately mocked or boycotted. Publishing houses give authors lists of correct words, and so do newspaper style books. Students who use traditional terms in their essays receive failing grades and are sometimes dropped altogether. Debates on TV and radio and during election campaigns are heavily linked into proper words and expressions, and many subjects are now ruled beyond debate.
As an older writer, I have no intention of bowing to such pressures. . . .
See also The Church and Modern Culture – Otto Scott
The Collapse of Rome
The early Church gradually replaced the civic institutions of Rome. Rome’s decline made the rise of a new religion possible. We are dealing with subjects of the greatest complexity and sweep, and all we can do is to touch upon their outlines.
The slow decline of a great Empire and the unprecedented rise of a new one that emerged during that decline, is not a subject that can be fully described in a single essay. But it is possible to look at a few points.
The Roman civilization, like all civilizations, originally had a strong religion of its own, but its economy was based upon the victories of its armies. At its peak it was a military dictatorship that governed a network of city-states. These city-states inherited the traditions and culture of Greece, and were essentially urban.
Rome’s military conquests remained restricted to the Mediterranean until Caesar and Augustus, who expanded the empire into Gaul, to the Danube, southern Germany and the Rhineland. For roughly 400 years Central and Western Europe was successively Romanized in a manner that altered every aspect of life. . . .
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Condition and Prospects of Protestantism
James Anthony Froude
IN one of the western counties, the writer of this paper was recently
present at an evening Evangelical prayer-meeting. The congregation
were partly church-goers, partly dissenters of various denominations,
united for the time by the still active revivalist excitement. Some were
highly educated men and women farmers, tradesmen, servants, sailors, and
fishermen made up the rest: all were representative specimens of
Evangelical Christians, passionate doctrinalists, convinced that they, and
only they, possessed the ‘Open Sesame’ of heaven, but doing credit to their
faith by inoffensive, if not useful, lives. One of them, who took a leading
part in the proceedings, was a person of large fortune, who was devoting
his money, time, and talents to what he called the truth. Another was well
known through two counties as a hard-headed, shrewd, effective man of
business; a stern, but on the whole, and as times went, a beneficent despot
over many thousands of unmanageable people.
The services consisted of a series of addresses from different speakers,
interchanged with extempore prayers, directed rather to the audience than
to the Deity. At intervals, the congregation sung hymns, and sung them
particularly well. The teaching was of the ordinary kind expressed only with
more than usual distinctness.
Read more: Condition and Prospects of Protestantism — J.A. Froude
How Families Can Work to Rebuild Our Society – Matthew Hodge. This essay was the winning entry in an American essay competition sponsored by “Families for Life” and “Kids for Life.”
Perfectionism and “Bubble” Theology — Ian Hodge
State of Affairs — Ian Hodge
Why we need PRACTICAL theology – Ian Hodge
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